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still looks brighter than the past and that the best days for this country we love are still ahead. thank you, everybody. god bless you. god bless america. >> that was president obama, who just finished a landmark speech on inequality, economic fairness, and opportunity, speaking in one of the poorest areas of the nation's capital. the president's remarks come at a time when 11.5 million americans cannot find a job and workers' wages have never been lower. at the same time, corporate profits are soaring and the stock market is regularly hitting all-time highs. these disparities have become too stark to ignore, and in his speech, the president issued something of a warning call for the american dream. >> the basic bargain at the heart of our economy has frayed. the idea that so many children are born into poverty in the wealthiest nation on earth is heartbreaking enough. but the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own, that should offend all of us. and it should c
reissued his own call for a better country. in a speech on wednesday, president obama decried growing income inequality and lack of economic mobility calling it the defining issue of our time. he promised that it would be the core fight of his next three years in office. >> the idea that so many children are born into poverty in the wealthiest nation on sert heartbreaking enough. but the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own, that should offend all of us. and it should compel us to action. we are a better country than this. >> the numbers show that the reality, what president obama called the fundamental threat to the american dream, has been growing increasingly dire for decades. the richest americans have steadily take an bigger share of the country's income. the wealthiest 10% make more than half of all income in the united states. and it hasn't always been this way. just take a look at this chart. for decades what you are seeing there in the '50s through the '
treatment center, the moffitt treatment center has now been dropped because of cuts that the obama care plan made. so everybody who wanted to go there under those plans is now being excluded. you go around the country and talk about people who can't get cancer treatments, i would suggest to you that in many ways obama care is a war on people with critical disease. >> just wait until the employers have the option of drop the insurance coverage. if you think things are bad now on the individual mandate, wait until the employers and businesses drop the plans. >> your solution -- >> the president made a specific promise. let me just finish. not just that people could keep their insurance, but he made a specific promise that if people wanted to keep their high ded t deductible insurance, that they could keep their insurance. now that promise hasn't been kept. millions of people -- >> i have a question. i have a question for you. because your solution seems to be, is your solution because you referred to that insurance companies are supposedly -- >> i know what you're going to ask. >> insurance c
's speaking to folks across the country especially in the wake of the whole meltdown of the obama care website. this gives him more of a positive message to give to democrats, and to a working class people certainly who have been suffering on the losing end of a rising income and equality. >> you pointed out, susan, that this is not unique to his campaign either for barack obama or period. it's been used before this income inequality theme. john edward his the two americas. most recently here in new york bill de blasio's two cities theme, and in one case it worked and in another case it didn't if you talk about being elected. maybe that message can work on a local level and not too effective nationally? >> the nation is divided on whether these proposals on whether the government can make things better or whether you need to rely on the private sector and democrats have a firm view that, yes, that's one of the roles of the government including the federal government and the the republicans would disagree and that's one reason why higher minimum wage, and stricter investment and early childhood
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now in the country with an ever-increasing size of government that's taking over and controlling people's lives and obama care is front and center of that. >> yes! he just compared fighting the health care law to fighting aparthe apartheid. >>> a freedom fighter, a radical, a disrupter of the highest order. his birth name means pulling branches of a tree and pull he did. president mandela not only freed a nation, he reminded the world of our common humanity. he put the good of the south african people, all south africans, above all else. over the course of his 27 years in prison, mandela wisely used his time to prepare, to plan and to embrace both forgiveness and reconciliation. he learned to let go of hatred for other people, recognizing that one of the true evils of apartheid is how it turned people against one another. in the first press conference, 1990, mandela was himself moved by the broader change that had begun to take place in his absence. >> it's a totally different south africa and along the road i was surprised to see the number of whites would seem to identify thems
for american progress doing the introduction for president obama who will talk about income inequality in this country and draw a correlation to how getting the aca up and running can help draw and close that gap. joining me right now is white house -- nbc white house correspondent peter alexander to talk more about what we expect to hear from the president. peter, the rollout from the white house has been that we expect the president and those that have been tasked with talking about the aca to highlight things each day this month. so how much is this speech really going to be focused on wa obama care. >> well, each day leading up to that december 23rd deadline will focus on the affordable care act. there's a youth event where the president will speak more specifically to health care but this white house will make it clear that health care security is tied into economic security. this is in ways going to preview the state of the union, one of the central themes for the president, which is the desire to create access for all in terms of opportunity to provide his vision for economic se
, pounding much of the country, causing massive problems out there. we're live in the fox extreme weather center. >> and new anger over obama care. as the white house admits that many of the people who had signed up for the health insurance through the online exchanges may not actually have coverage. >> and the day that lives in infamy. japan's surprise attack on pearl harbor 72 years ago today. we'll discuss its infact our war on terror as we remember the fallen. >>> but first, an emotional homecoming for a u.s. military veteran held captive in north koresince late october. 85-year-old merrill newman arriving at san francisco airport earlier today. by the way, that was after turning down a ride on air force 2 with vice president biden. speaking to reporters about being back on american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming. tired but ready to stay with my family now and thank you all for the support we got and very much appreciate it. >> we are following the story in los angeles. i have to say, he looks pretty good considering what he's gone through. >> absolutely. this is a 32-da
president obama's remarks on your ballot? >> listen, i'm not the least bit concerned about the computers. i am so ecstatic that at long last our great country will be providing health care for everybody. it doesn't make any difference whether it's this week, next month or the month after. i'm saying my remarks were taken out of context. i said the president has nothing to apologize for. now, true, there are congress people that have taken this thing and there could be a big political issue for them. and saying you're sorry doesn't help. but for the 40 million people that have been begging and praying for being able to enroll in insurance, this is heaven. >> so these comments that you made in the middle of november, they were not directly in reaction to the president's "i'm sorry" message about the website? >> of course it was. anyone you say "i'm sorry" in politics it really doesn't count, unless you can get someone to pull down the lever, that's what counts. but i'm talking about listening to people talk about the computer. it's more difficult to get a motor vehicle license than it is to r
and end up uninsured on january 1st would send obama care back into pr hell. it was a small percent, 5% in this country getting purged off their insurance carriers because of being on plans that were unacceptable to the bottom line foundation of the aca. so if january 1st rolls around and as politico points out that those people exist as uninsured and problematic, is that another pr problem? >> i think you're dealing in large part in semantics there, thomas. because a lot of those people, they did have policies that didn't meet the minimum standards. that's just not a theoretical discussion. there's a reason you have minimum standards. there are people out there who have insurance that's an illusion. they have annual and lifetime caps. there's so many people out there with what i call phony insurance policies and the fact that they're going to lose those policies sooner or later i think is a good thing. because what we're up to here is we are strengthening the health care system in this country. we're strengthening the hospitals that end up eating all of that uninsured care that they e
and talked about his wife's chances of running for president, joe biden, and his critique of obama care. >> is mrs. clinton running for president? >> i don't know. and i think, and she believes, that the country should spend at least another year working hard on the problems that we have. we have very serious challenges in american and responsibilities around the world. i think it's a big mistake this constant four-year complain. we need to deal with the business we have before us. >> what kind of president do you think vice president joe biden would make? >> if he runs and he's a nominee, i'll try to help him. i think the world of him. i think -- we've been friends. i first remember working with him when he was the chairman of the judiciary committee to the senate and i was a governor and he asked me to testify in a judicial hearing for him. and i had to file a testimony because i had to go to asia. but i've known him for years and years. and i have a very high opinion of him. i care a great deal about him and i think he's done a good job for the president and for the country. >> is it
. now begging president obama to personally intervene. 64-year-old alan fwroes sa gros country, quote, abandoned him after he was imprisoned for bringing communications items. joining us, jill dougherty with the latest. jil, what are you learning? >> alan gross says he's in a small cell with two other inmates. he gets about an hour a day outside in a very small courtyard. and he says other than a few phone calls and visits, he is completely isolated from the outside world. at the gates of the white house, the wife of alan gross pleads for the president to help her husband. >> please, mr. president, don't leave alan to die in cuba. >> reporter: today marks the fourth anniversary of alan gross' imprisonment in cuba. arrested while working as a contractor for the u.s. government, bringing internet connectivity to cuba's jewish community. he was accused of trying to subvert the cuban revolution and sentenced to 15 years in prison. gross' family just released a letter from the 64-year-old to president barack obama begging the president to personally intervene. "with the utmost respect, mr.
. republicans are going to try to make president obama look terrible for negotiating that new agreement over iran's nuclear program and in the process of making him look terrible they, of course, will show the country that they, themselves, republicans are much better on the issue. they are much more trustworthy, much more sober, much more sane when it comes to dealing with complicated and sensitive issues like iran and nuclear weapons in the middle east. republicans want to show off how much americans should prefer their republican approach when it comes to iran. as part of that new political offensive, behold duncan hunter on c-span. >> i think a ground war in iran with american boots on the ground would be a horrible thing and i think people like to toss around the fact that we have to stop them from getting this nuclear capability. i don't think it's inevitable but if you have to hit iran, you do it with tactical nuclear devices. >> oh, just tactical nuclear devices. the little kind. what could possibly go wrong? republicans have got the big thinkers who know that little, tiny nuclear wa
to the apartheid regime was divided in this country and many other nations. you look at say the early origins of investment campaign where a young barack obama as a student was involved, many other young idealists and international humanitarians but it was not seen at the time as a way to actually break the regime. it was seen as first a symbolic step and then got traction. the international program against the apartheid regime was a huge factor. walk us through that. >> that's right. it took a long time to gain motion. it seemed idealistic at the beginning, like many younger obama, i remember taking part myself in the protest on college campuses. and but it gained speed, just because so many people caught onto it. in a sense it was the last really coherent global social protest movement. and of course, it was all rallying around mandela. i can remember very well from those days, free mandela was the great rallying cry as sit-ins and protests were formed on these campuses. so it really in the end had the impact that it was intended to have, not something you can see about most protests. >> in
. and thank you to president obama of course for being our guest on the "hardball" college tour. and also to the american university for hosting us. good night. >>> ice storm. a massive cold sweeps through a large part of the country. and it's not over. most parts will get hit with more. a live report next. >>> back to work. making sense of the new jobs numbers. has the economy turned the corner when it comes to the economy. >>> we'll hear from president bill clinton. >>> motor city master pieces. the latest on possibly selling artwork opened by detroit. could it pull the city it of bankruptcy, and should it? >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex wit witt". president obama surging congress to extend benefits for 1.3 million workers. they are set to expire just three days after christmas. >> if congress refuses to act it won't just hurt families already struggling. it will actually harm our economy. unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy. when people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for
in mandela's government. >> adored by all of the people of this country. >> pik botha reflects on mandela's life and legacy. and we'll go live to south africa for the latest on the death of a towering statesman. then, the white house launches a new obama care offensive. >> you got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing i
obama a administration official called a plutonium bomb factory. united states and other countries are relieving sanctions and freeing up anywhere from $7 billion to as much as $20 billion in financial ofets as well as exports petrochemicals, auto industry parts, and other things. it is not clear the sort of concession we got from iran is worth that money yet. this is why you're seeing senators like robert menendez and mark kirk from illinois move potentially as early as next week to try to table sanctions that iflegislation there is no real movement on the program in terms of really constraining it, sanctions may kick in. >> do you think the senate leadership will bring those? the reason menendez and kirk and other members -- particularly those two members -- are negotiating is because they're coming up with an approach amid this geneva plan that is workable and is not completely undercut it that creates the right pressure for iran to really negotiate in good faith toward any final agreement. it is not clear when the start date is. it was introduced in late november. the united st
to defend their own country. >>> former presidents george w. bush and clinton will join president obama at a memorial for nelson mandela next week as south africa mourns its former president, hundreds of people of all ages and colors are leaving candles, flowers, stuffed animals, balloons at the home of the civil rights icon. nelson mandela died thursday. he was 95 years old. mandela's legacy is definitely a complicated one. while in prison he was labeled a terrorist by the reagan administration. mandela even had to get a special waiver to visit the u.s. in the 1990s. he wasn't removed from that terrorist list until 2008. cnn editorial producer nadia bill check with us. this is a part of history that very few people know as well as they know the history of his days in prison and then what happened afterwards. why was he labeled a terrorist? >> let's go back to 1961. nelson mandela together with his comrade, a military wing. why do they start a military wing? peaceful measures are no longer working against the oppressive apartheid regime. one of the reasons, one of the catalysts was some
, themselves, say that those words are not sufficient enough to describe what he has done for this country, wolf. >> i against the whole country is getting ready for a lot of world leaders including president obama to come to south africa to pay their respects. what are you seeing and feeling there in anticipation of all of these world leaders coming there? >> well, there most certainly is the sense of appreciation and pride that a south african leader like nelson mandela put this country into the spotlight, and that his passing away is causing this attention, these global leaders to come into the country itself. there's also a sense amongst people that perhaps this celebration, this aura of celebration is going to morph into a much more somber atmosphere, especially as we get closer and during the days when he is actually being buried, the day when of course that memorial for him is going to be taking place. this has really been a moment for so many that we've been speaking to, to really feel that sense of pride in the country that's prided their country gave birth to an individual to suc
to go into the country and to actually determine whether or not iran is serious. so that will be one of the big determinates about iran o's lev of seriousness in terms of going forward with this deal. president obama also pointing to the fact that of $100 billion worth of sanctions, they are easing about $7 billion of those sanctions, leaving in the strong and sort of core parts of the sanctions program. of course, that, not enough to convince skeptics, israelis, a majority of them say this deal is not a good enough deal. prime minister benjamin netanyahu also saying that this deal isn't strong enough, doesn't do enough to curb iran's nuclear program. he is going to speak at the sabon center tomorrow, by the way, craig. we'll likely get a very different take on this deal that's come together from him. but i think that president obama's goal today was to speak to israelis and certainly to some of the skeptics here within the united states. a lot of them in congress who have said the deal doesn't go far enough. >> nbc's kristen welker at the white house, we're going to come back to you
going to plummet further. charlie, gayle, norah? >> don, thank you. president obama is calling for a hike in the national minimum wage. on wednesday the president said that growing income inequality is the defining challenge of our time. this morning fast food workers across the country are holding strikes to demand higher wages. terrell brown is outside a mcdonald's in new york city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there are about 200 protesters here in new york city. they have since dispersed and moved on to other locations. there are other rallies in 200 cities across the country including denver las vegas and san diego as workers push for higher wages, $15 an hour more than twice the national minimum wage. nancy delgado makes $8 coin 25 for the work she does at a chicago area mcdonald's. the 27-year-old mother of two has been employed at the fast food chain's franchises for the last ten years and earns the minimum wage in illinois. >> i don't have health insurance. i don't own a car, i don't own cable. i have a cell phone because i need it. i
. >>> president obama having trouble talking about a meeting with a controversial relative. >> he said he never met with a relative in the country illeg illegal illegally. brian todd with more. >> reporter: poppy and victor, this is about an uncle of the president who has gone through legal problems with immigration and it is about the impression the white house has given. white house aides say they weren't doing that. he is a 69-year-old man who works in a liquor store in boston. he is caught up in the president's political migraine. his name is omar. the president's uncle. the boston globe cited the white house as the president and uncle had never met. the white house press secretary now says this. >> the president said he, in fact, had met omar obama when he moved to cambridge for law school and stayed with him for a brief period of time. are. >> reporter: in recent days, he said he stayed with him for days in the 1980s. why the differing accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the record. >> reporter: jay carney said it was when he asked the president about staying with his uncle
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